The New Statesman has hired Stephen Bush as editor of The Staggers.
The move means that Stephen will be in charge of commissioning and editing the New Statesman‘s online politics coverage, and writing for the popular Staggers blog. He joins from the Telegraph, where he has written the Morning Briefing email since April. Before that, he wrote an online column for Progress, where he is a contributing editor.
The Staggers blog launched in 2009, and George Eaton became editor in March 2012. He left the position earlier this year when he was promoted to become NS political editor. Anoosh Chakelian, who was acting Staggers editor, has now been promoted to Deputy Web Editor.
Helen Lewis, editor of the New Statesman website, says: “Since joining the Telegraph, Stephen has quickly established himself as an intelligent, authoritative commentator on British politics. He writes like an angel and tweets like a demon – the perfect combination. With George, Anoosh and Stephen – plus Harry Lambert at May2015.com and contributing writer Tim Wigmore – the NS website heads into election year with a well-rounded, energetic and talented team. With web editor Caroline Crampton and CityMetric‘s Jonn Elledge and Barbara Speed also feeding into our politics coverage, we have an embarrassment of riches.”
Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman, adds: “The New Statesman has a reputation for finding and showcasing fresh talent – just look at the careers of Mehdi Hasan, George Eaton, Rafael Behr, Helen Lewis and Laurie Penny. I’m convinced Stephen will develop into an exceptional talent.”
Stephen Bush says: “I’m thrilled to be joining such a great team – if a little daunted at the size of the shoes I’m filling. I’m looking forward to entrenching and expanding the Staggers and the New Statesman‘s reputation for news, insight and quality.”
Stephen will take up the position in the New Year, and his contact details will be announced in due course. You can follow him on Twitter: @stephenkb